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December 7, 2013 at 4:35 PM
We’re trying out something new with this Question of the Week.
Education Lab has partnered with the Public Insight Network (PIN), a division of American Public Media, in an effort to better engage our readers. PIN’s industry-leading online platform enables journalists to connect directly with potential sources in an effort to produce more meaningful coverage.
December 7, 2013 at 4:30 PM
On their first day of training, one mother after another paused in the classroom doorway, unsure where to sit or whether signing up for this highly regarded parent program was a good idea after all.
Trainer Monica Soto-Espinoza had anticipated their doubts.
Six years ago, she was just like many of them — a mother with limited English skills who’d come to the U.S. as a teenager and never finished high school.
What, she wondered, could she possibly offer her child’s school?
Go here to read Sunday’s front-page story by Linda Shaw.
December 7, 2013 at 4:15 PM
Change school culture to embrace parents
Joel Domingo writes about why many schools struggle to actively involve high numbers of parents in their kids’ schooling.See comments
Why it's hard to get involved as an African American parent
Even though I'm involved in education it's hard to talk to teachers about how to support my son, writes Emijah Smith.See comments
December 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM
Go here to listen as two current volunteers join Avondale-Logandale Principal Evelyn Roman and former mentor Tami Love discuss how they first became involved in the Logan Square program and what they’ve gotten out of the experience.
December 7, 2013 at 4:05 PM
Join us at noon Tuesday, Dec. 10, for a live chat about the Logan Square parent mentor program and other promising initiatives here in the Seattle area. Our participants will include:
- Joanna Brown, lead education organizer for the Logan Square Neighborhood Association
- Monica Espinoza, former parent mentor and current mentor coordinator at Burbank Elementary in Chicago
- Pachomius Schmidt, Federal Way teacher
- Linda Shaw, Seattle Times reporter
Have an advance question for the panelists? Submit it here.
December 7, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Got a question for our Dec. 10 live chat with Chicago parent mentor organizer Monica Espinoza, Joanna Brown of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Federal Way teacher Pachomius Schmidt, and reporter Linda Shaw? Submit them via the form below, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM
A community group in northwest Chicago has turned hundreds of hesitant parents into capable classroom helpers, role models and leaders by tapping into strengths many don’t realize they have.
Check out the video below to see the Logan Square parent mentor program in action. On Sunday, pick up a copy of The Seattle Times or go here for the full story.
December 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM
UW president calls state’s prepaid tuition program a “Ponzi scheme”: University of Washington President Michael Young did not mince words when describing the state’s Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) plan during a public interview with an editor from The Atlantic on Thursday. Young also addressed an rising population of international students, financial aid and other topics.
Undocumented immigrants sue to attend college in Georgia (Georgia Public Broadcasting): A legal case began Thursday in DeKalb County Superior Court concerning the University System of Georgia’s policy of barring undocumented students from some schools and requiring them to pay out-of-state tuition at others. Students there are suing under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has established “lawful presence” for many younger immigrants.
December 6, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Wither the college guidance counselor, that beleaguered tracker of student transcripts, entrusted to match hundreds of high school kids each year with a higher education?
Their caseloads are, on average, nearly double the recommended rate of 250 students per counselor. (In Washington, it’s 510-to-1.)
And much of the time, they’re tasked with a host of other duties – everything from clerical work to fundraising and crisis control. A report by education professor Patricia McDonough at UCLA found that they offer average high school student about 38 minutes of college advising per year.
Not surprisingly, a wave of websites and apps has flooded the void, purporting to aid students in their search. But weeding through the options can be an exhausting time waste for students and their parents.
December 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM
Recovering economy means lower enrollment for community colleges (KPLU): Today’s slowly improving economy means more people are heading back to work. For several community colleges in the Northwest, the shift has led to a decline in enrollment numbers.
Professors in North Carolina will design online AP classes (The New York Times): A group of professors from Davidson College in North Carolina will partner with the College Board and edX to develop online courses for AP exams in calculus, physics and macroeconomics. The classes are expected to be widely available in 2015, with more subjects to follow.
About the authors
Katherine Long has been a reporter for The Seattle Times since 1990, focusing for the past three years on higher ed, with stories that have ranged from the complexities of prepaid tuition programs to nontraditional ways to earn a degree.
Claudia Rowe joined The Seattle Times’ reporting staff in 2013. She has written about education for The New York Times and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, among other publications.
Mike Siegel has been a news photographer at the Seattle Times since 1987. His photography was used in a series titled "Methadone and the Politics of Pain," which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 for investigative reporting.
Janet Horne Henderson is The Times’ education editor. She has directed award-winning stories and projects examining race, immigration, religion and health, in addition to education
Caitlin Moran is community engagement editor for Education Lab. Her role is to help foster constructive dialogue online and in person
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